If you're new to NASCAR this year, welcome to a world of speed, danger and a bit of soap opera.
NASCAR has more than six decades of history behind those great-looking race cars and drivers. The sport has seen thousands of men and women, each unique in their own special way, climb behind the wheel and risk their lives in pursuit of excellence.
There's no need to catch up on all of NASCAR's past right away. Stay with the sport and eventually you will. However, it does help to know these 10 drivers, for they have left their imprint (or plan to) on the sport in a way few others have.